Williams Burke (Simon Pegg) and Hare (Andy Serkis) are two Irish migrants to 1820s Edinburgh who discover there’s a quid to be made from a stiff. Edinburgh is a centre for anatomical research, and the demand for corpses for dissection exceeds supply. So while the first body they deliver is a boarding house resident who’s died of natural causes, subsequent ones have been helped along the way to their ultimate reward.
This comedy is as funny as it is factually accurate: that is, only intermittently. 6/10
Released May 12, 2011.